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Collective Consciousness

This post has many seeds of ideas from different commenters. The ideas have collective consciousness among them led to the writing of this post.

A comment by biljana savic reads “No matter how much the number of learned people grow, I don’t know if the ratio of conscious and learned people changes.” This coincided with another comment from Jeff Ikler in which he wrote “One in six Americans allegedly doesn’t believe the world is round. Yikes!”

The above two comments stirred my mind and invited many questions.

Is it possible for humans to collaborate and work together in the absence of collective consciousness? Is it possible for humans to collaborate if they remain in their “comfort zone”? Is it a comfort zone or better to call it the “laziness zone”?

I felt an added interest in the above questions in the rest of the comments by biljana savic. “None of us are an island.

Modern culture, movies, and even some authors have convinced many they can exist without the help of others but their thinking is that of a fool.

We were put on this Earth to help and work with one another”.

To add more to my interest is the comment of Jeff Ickler; “Seriously, we have much to learn about cooperation from the rest of the natural world.”

The example Jeff provided a link to the three sister plants. The three plants are maize, beans, and squash. The link explains a wonderful example of collaboration in nature. Beans naturally absorb nitrogen from the air and convert it to nitrates, fertilizing the soil for the corn and squash. In return, they are supported by winding around the corn stalks. The squash leaves provide ground cover between the corn and beans, preventing weeds from taking over the field. These three plants thrive together better than when they are planted alone.”

This is the law of nature- to collaborate with purpose to serve the interest of all. Biljana Savic expressed this wonderfully “Sometimes I like my solitude, but I appreciate all joint actions that work to bring them together, defend the interests of the collective, and improve living conditions for everyone…”

It is amazing how comments rained to reinforce this idea and fertilize it. David Ford wrote in a comment “None of us are an island.

Modern culture, movies, and even some authors have convinced many they can exist without the help of others but their thinking is that of a fool.

We were put on this Earth to help and work with one another.

More rain to come. Susan LePlae Miller published a post stating that “We Belong to Each Other”. I commented on her post “One clapping hand may be disturbing. Many clapping hands together may produce music”.

A brilliant comment by Zina-Vivianne W. added more food for thought “Community is the way to go. We are a village. Individualism matters to an extent and then we must go past that and focus on community.”

Paradoxically, humans are simply doing the opposite. By polluting the climate we witness an increasing trend for the level of water in rivers decreasing while the greenhouse effect is elevating the temperature and increasing dryness so that crop production is also decreasing. Instead of humans working together they are working against their own basic needs.

Humanity should search for its missing collective consciousness.

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Ali Anani
Ali Ananihttps://www.bebee.com/@ali-anani
My name is Ali Anani. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia (UK, 1972) Since the early nineties I switched my interests to publish posts and presentations and e-books on different social media platforms.

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  1. I had written something on the collective consciousness in reference to the immigration problems of Europe, and significantly of Italy, the first European border from Africa.
    There is no coercive way for fraternal society, but a spontaneous way that passes through the individual conscience which can become, with time, social conscience. Also because if the causes impeding fraternity have been and still are of an interior order, then, it is on this front that it is necessary to intervene: but each can intervene directly only on his own inner world and indirectly on that of others, through his own example and an raising awareness at an individual but also a collective level. The fact that it is an interior commitment does not prevent it from being supported, shared and promoted also on a public level.

  2. Thank you brother Alan Culler for your brilliant comment. I refer you to the comments of Jeff Ikler and Jean L. Serio CEIC, CPC, CeMA, CSEOP on LinkedIn for they shall interest you and are much related to your comment.

    You wrote “We do need the freedom to grow individually and we need to join together in community to grow together.”
    This brings me back to my reply to Jeff’s comment about balanced collective consciousness. No surprise at all that I agree with you and the way you expressed this balance.

    A second great thought in your comment is the separation thinking of this or that instead of this and this.
    Yes, we need individual consciousness for which without no collective consciousness shall emerge.

    So, your concluding paragraph is actulally a guiding light and I endorse it in full.

  3. A great insight Brother Ali inspired by contributions of many -collective consciousness.

    Here in the US -we struggle with the conflict between the needs for individuality and those for community. It is often positioned as an either/or choice individual freedom vs. “communism” -caring for your neighbors vs. selfishness. This is to me a classic situation where both/and is more important than either/or.

    We do need the freedom to grow individually and we need to join together in community to grow together.

    I love the Jeff Ikler beans, squash, and maize analogy. I also love remembering that these thre crops grown together were the stapes of indigenous agriculture -protecting the land and what did colonists do we grew them separately ultimately in huge fields with massive amounts of fertilizer required. D’Oh!

    Most of the problems of the world must be solved with collective thought and action. Individual brilliance in innoovation must be accelerated with collective implementation.

    Thanks for strting the thought chain.

    • Thank you brother Alan Culler for your brilliant comment. I refer you to the comments of Jeff Ikler and Jean L. Serio CEIC, CPC, CeMA, CSEOP on LinkedIn for they shall interest you and are much related to your comment.

      You wrote “We do need the freedom to grow individually and we need to join together in community to grow together.”
      This brings me back to my reply to Jeff’s comment about balanced collective consciousness. No surprise at all that I agree with you and the way you expressed this balance.

      A second great thought in your comment is the separation thinking of this or that instead of this and this.
      Yes, we need individual consciousness for which without no collective consciousness shall emerge.

      So, your concluding paragraph is actulally a guiding light and I endorse it in full.

  4. The felt presence of collective consciousness may not be needed for collaboration, Ali, but I think striving to find how it influences our lives may reinforce behaving collaboratively.
    In that we recognize that 1) there is a We that is bigger then Me and 2) The Me won’t make it for long without the We. (And neither would the Me matter because why would any of us do anything if not to support something – our ego in comparison to others around us, or our loved ones or a cause bigger than both?)

    Yonason Goldson made a comment a while ago, how people weer off the straight and narrow path if it has no consequences that they do. And they are encouraged when they see that it has no consequences what other do. So rule of law is a foundation for us not to become totally egoistic.
    Wonder how much lack of equal protection under the law is also a factor in what you observe?

    • The felt presence of collective consciousness may not be needed for collaboration, Ali, but I think striving to find how it influences our lives may reinforce behaving collaboratively. I agree, Charlotte

      If you would read the comment of Alan above and the comments of Jeff Ikler and Jean L. Serio on my share of this post on LinkedIn you shall find support to your quote above.

      I suggested the balanced collective consciousness. I mean the one that keeps the authenticity of the individual while reinforcing the collective one.

      Like culture, I believe collective consciousness emerges from the interactions of individuals. Without the individual enjoying noticeable self-consciousness no collective one shall emerge. But once it appears it may have a reinforcing effect on the individual.

      This is my guess, Charlotte

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